Jakarta – The Ministry of Health denies the occurrence of an outbreak of brain inflammation or japanese encephalitis (JE) in Indonesia especially in Bali as reported in several Australian media.
"It is not true if there are cases or even surges outbreak JE in Bali. Throughout 2018, only one case of JE was found in January without death, "said Director of Health Surveillance and Quarantine, Vensya Sitohang, through a press statement as quoted by the Ministry of Health's official website in Jakarta, Monday (12/11).
The government carried out JE disease vaccination in Bali in April 2018 which is a JE immunization campaign, specifically in Bali chosen because it is an JE endemic area. The Ministry of Health recorded that immunization coverage reached 100 percent in Bali.
For the next stage, JE immunization in Bali has entered routine immunization, the target of which is all 10-month-old babies in Bali Province.
JE disease is an inflammation of the brain caused by the Japanese encephalitis virus which is spread by the vector of the Culex mosquito.
Until now, there is no cure for JE infection, the existing treatment is supportive to reduce the death rate from JE.
Therefore efforts to maintain environmental cleanliness by eradicating Mosquito Nest (PSN Plus) with the community and immunization are the most effective prevention methods.
Earlier it was reported that some Australian media informed that the Australian Government had warned Australian citizens who would be traveling to Bali to be more careful because they thought there had been an outbreak or JE outbreak in the region.
Japanese encephalitis (JE) is an inflammation of the brain caused by Japanese encephalitis viruses including Family Flavivirus and is a public health problem in Asia, including in Indonesia.
JE virus is transmitted by mosquitoes. Humans can contract the JE virus if bitten by an infected Culex Tritaeniorhynchus mosquito. Usually these mosquitoes are more active at night. These culex mosquitoes are mostly found in rice fields and irrigation areas. The incidence of JE disease in humans usually increases in the rainy season.